Author Archives: Michael Patton

About Michael Patton

I am a poet, novelist, and fabulist...A new mythologist, a peace miller, a dream worker...I don't qualify as an illustrator or photographer--I just "make pictures"...I have thirteen books available at amazon... I currently reside in northwest Arkansas, but have lived and worked all over the United States... I'm self-taught, for the most part--which is like searching for the right door in the dark. It's an on-going process.... I don't want to write MY story, I want OUR story, so that's what I'm studying: the human story: past, present, future, in its many aspects--including the spiritual. I'm proceeding at a slow crawl.... I don't see the inner world and outer world as separate. By learning about myself, I learn about others, I learn about my world.... Conversely, as I struggle to understand what I see OUT THERE, I learn about myself.... But to be clear: I don't claim any special understanding. I'm still purblind, still only half-awake.... After frustrating experience with the publisher of my first novel, I've published on my own, beginning with e-books, with plans to move into print and audio. Even video.... Along with a second novel, I've now published eight books of poetry. Each poetry book focuses on a theme. For instance, the collection GLORIOUS TEDIOUS TRANSFORMATION is about the slow difficult wonderful process of change.... In that book, as with all my work, I try to be accessible to a general audience, while also striving to achieve a certain literary quality.

the fable of the man, the wind, and the oak tree

You’ve probably already heard about the contest between the sun and the wind… The bet was: who’d be the first to get the man to remove his jacket. When the wind blew, the man only clutched his jacket more tightly. … Continue reading

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the fable of the boy in the well

The townspeople didn’t worry about the boy until he fell down a well… …and disappeared into its opaque waters. Ever so often, his parents would stop, would gaze down into the well… …and dare to believe their son might still … Continue reading

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fable of the new old well

All seemed alright in our village… …until… …the well in the square went dry. We couldn’t believe the well had failed us.  But the empty bucket could not be denied. We tried praying for rain.  But only briefly.  We didn’t … Continue reading

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the fable of going from well to well

A woman of natural curiosity went from well to well over the course of her life. Though many didn’t care what she did… …there were those who said: “Why can’t she find what she wants in any of those wells? … Continue reading

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protest plan

A year later and I’m still working on my behavior modification program… …still trying to train myself to respond to our president’s negative words and actions with positive words and actions. Here’s the idea: When he insults a human being, … Continue reading

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the fable of the woman, the man, and the educational waters

Their relationship was balanced… She washed him with her tears.  And he washed her with his. But then one sunny morning… …after they’d wept together a good while… …the woman suddenly knew they were done.  She didn’t know how she … Continue reading

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purple people

Political analysts talk about blue states, red states, and purple states… But by definition, their purple states aren’t actually purple. Blue must mix with red in order to create purple… And in so-called purple states, blue remains on its side … Continue reading

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